Origin of bin
OTHER WORDS FROM binun·binned, adjective
Other definitions for bin (2 of 2)
Origin of bin-
WORDS THAT USE BIN-
What does bin- mean?
Bin– comes from the Latin bīnī, meaning “two each” or “by twos.”
Bin– is related to the combining form bi– and is used with some words or word elements beginning with vowels. These two forms have similar origins, and for that reason, the difference between the two is a small yet important nuance: bin– tends to mean “double,” while bi– often means “twice.” Want to know more? Read our Words That Use bi– article.
Examples of bin-
One example of a term that features the combining form bin– is binoculars, “an optical instrument for use with both eyes, consisting of two small telescopes joined together.”
The first portion of the word, bin-, means “two.” But what about the second half of the word? Ocular has various meanings, including “eyepiece,” a term for the lens or combination of lenses in an optical instrument. Binoculars literally translates to “two eyepieces.”
What are some words that use the combining form bin-?
- binary (using the equivalent form of bin– in Latin)
- binate (using from the equivalent form of bin– in Latin)
What are some other forms that bin– may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters bin– uses the combining form bin– to denote “two.” Nouns such as bindle and bind appear on the surface to include bin-, but the similarity is a coincidence. Nor is bin– related to bin, as in a “box” or “container.” Learn the origins of these closely bound words at their respective entries.
How to use bin in a sentence
You were basically the guy to do every dictator or crazy character, from Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad to Bin Laden.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The 2001 grand jury indictment named 21 suspects as being involved in the U.S. embassy bombings, including Osama bin Laden.
Fellow SEAL Matt Bissonnette also claims to have shot bin Laden.Exclusive: Bin Laden ‘Shooter’ Under Investigation for Leaking Secrets|Shane Harris|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet I had serious trouble understanding how to cheer on the news of Bin Laden or anyone else dying.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the mid-1990s, some visitors did begin to show up due to the construction efforts of Osama Bin Laden.
He told Horner you'd bin shot resistin' arrest, an' wanted t' see her afore yuh cashed in.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Our picture shows a bin of crude up-river Para the finest rubber known.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
As soon as he gets Miss Holland they go up by leaps and bounds, and it's bin goin' steady ever since.The Creators|May Sinclair
Uncle Bin never flung that accusation at women if they were merely implicated.In the Onyx Lobby|Carolyn Wells
No, Sir, what you smell ain't incense—on'y the vaults after the damp weather we've bin 'aving.
British Dictionary definitions for bin (1 of 2)
- a storage place for bottled wine
- one particular bottling of wine